New renovations, building community connections, among the exciting things on the Country Terrace horizon

Administrator Christie Patterson says she’s looking forward to being part of the next chapter in the home’s history

Administrator Christie Patterson says the completion of the renovations underway to expand Country Terrace as well as opportunities to build community connections are among the things she’s looking forward to most in her new role.

Christie, who became the Komoka, Ont. long-term care home’s administrator in October, says seeing the renovation project at Country Terrace, which will add 50,518 square feet and eight beds to the home, is especially exciting as she steps into her new role.

Once renovations are complete, Country Terrace will house four spacious 32-bed neighbourhoods for residents. The project will replace all three- and four-bed wards with one- and two-bed rooms.

Christie, a 13-year Country Terrace team member, says the renovations are an exciting chapter to the home’s history.

“I am looking forward to the changes that are happening with the new build – there’s a lot going on,” she says of the $32-million redevelopment project, which is expected to be completed by June 2024.

Along with the redevelopment project, Christie says she is also looking forward to seeing Country Terrace work to strengthen community connections.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which began in March 2020, Christie says some of those connections with people and organizations have quieted due to restrictions in place. However, she says she’s looking forward to rebuilding and strengthening those relationships once things begin to open up again.

With the completion of the redevelopment project on the horizon, those connections will be especially important, Christie says.

“With this home growing, that is a huge step, the community is well aware that we are building, and I think that’s nice,” she says.

– This is Part 2 of a two-part story

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